Sharon Gage, center, with members of her facility family

On May 1, 2018, Life Care Center of Red Bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee, hosted a reception for a former patient who had quite the recovery story.


Sharon Gage lives in Illinois, and she and her husband, Bob, were heading home from visiting family in Rome, Georgia, on Dec. 11, 2016, when they were involved in a horrible head-on collision with a semi on I-24. Bob was killed instantly, and Sharon suffered 19 broken bones as well as a brain injury. She was extricated with the Jaws of Life and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, where she spent four weeks in surgical ICU.


When Gage left the hospital, she transferred to Life Care Center of Red Bank for continued medical care and rehabilitation until she was strong enough to return home. She spent four months at the facility, and her daughter stayed nearby while she recovered. She flew home to Illinois on April 20, 2017, and continued therapy there. She is active and doing well.


When Gage came back to town to visit her caregivers, the Red Bank facility made a big to-do for her. The center served a spread of cheese, fruit, vegetables and mixed nuts, as well as punch and an Italian cream cake with cream cheese icing that said “Welcome, Sharon.” Even one of the local TV stations came out to interview her about her experience.


“Sharon’s daughter had documented the whole experience from beginning to end and brought all the photo albums with her for everyone to see,” said Kathy Goforth, business development director. 


Many of Gage’s former therapists and nursing associates stopped by to visit.


“Sharon was very excited to see her former caregivers and friends she had made during her stay,” said Goforth.


Other guests included the couple that was just missed by the semi truck and witnessed the wreck and Capt. Lewis, the first Tennessee State Trooper on the accident scene.

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